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Thread: Singer prices 1950's Ontario Canada

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    Singer prices 1950's Ontario Canada

    I found this in the papers that came with the 201-3 I bought. Looks like the brochure sales people would give people coming in looking to buy a machine.
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    Nifty! :-) I've never seen that desk cabinet before, definitely never have seen that one irl.

    The FW price seems in the ballpark of what mine cost, new. Sometime when I have time I'll dig mine out and take a look at the bill of sale. I wonder if those prices were from a USA dealer.

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    That's a really neat item. I was just wondering the other day what a FW cost new. And here you are, answering my question before I even ask it. This board is pretty fantastic.

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    At the bottom at the last photo it states "Canadian materials by Canadian craftsmen". It is so cool to see the prices. Especially for the Featherweight.
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    The dealer was on Yonge street in Toronto. The outside of the brochure has a rubber stamp "J C Scrowther Singer Sewing Machine Co. 2430 Yonge St."

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    1950 singer

    Quote Originally Posted by NL quilter View Post
    The dealer was on Yonge street in Toronto. The outside of the brochure has a rubber stamp "J C Scrowther Singer Sewing Machine Co. 2430 Yonge St."
    just got one complete with cabinet works with the knee and says made in St.John P.Q and with help from quilting board found the manual

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    This is exactly like my 201-3 Singer with the number 43 cabinet. I was given it by the daughters of the woman who had purchased it new in 1947 in Toronto. She had used it to make theatre costumes and they wanted it to be used by someone who would appreciate it. I use it with a buttonholer to make buttonholes for my bags and to replace zippers and mend my DH's heavy coveralls.
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    According to the inflation calculator for Canada, if that 201-3 in the desk was $305 back in 1952, than it would be over $2600 today. That's the exact same machine and cabinet I'll be picking up tomorrow for $50. Wow.
    1939 Singer 221, 1926 Singer 15-88 treadle, 1980 Singer Starlet 496, 1947 Singer 201-3

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    Incredible. I love this topic; thinking about relative worth, value, priorities, interests.

    Buying sewing machine was a major household investment then. And now? We eat them for lunch! Or, we fret about paying the price of a 'wich and a coffee and a pie, wondering if we should just pay the price of a 'wich and a pie or else we'll be ripped off... ;-)

    Imagine going back in time and telling that 1950's household that 60 years down the road, people would barely pay the price of lunch for that machine. Or that we would collect them for fun. Or turn them into lamps.

    Truly amazing.

    This begs the question: If you had to pay $1500 - $2500 modern-day dollars for a stitcher, then let's presume you would only buy one. Which would you buy?

    Me: Pink Atlas. (Actually, I just think they are pretty. Do they work well?)

    Seriously though let's take a poll! If you could only have one, which would it be?
    -Cecilia. Tinkering more than stitching, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post

    This begs the question: If you had to pay $1500 - $2500 modern-day dollars for a stitcher, then let's presume you would only buy one. Which would you buy?

    Me: Pink Atlas. (Actually, I just think they are pretty. Do they work well?)

    Seriously though let's take a poll! If you could only have one, which would it be?
    201-2 with walking feet, blind stitch, zig-zag attachments. Otherwise, a 403a with ZZ, blind stitch cams and walking feet attachment.
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